BBC Wildlife Magazine June 2021

BBC Wildlife Magazine is a celebration of the natural world, featuring all the latest discoveries, news and views on wildlife, conservation and environmental issues. With strong broadcasting links, authoritative journalism and award-winning photography, BBC Wildlife Magazine is essential reading for anyone with a passion for wildlife who wants to understand, experience and enjoy nature more.

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the sea of life...

What’s your favourite animal? It’s not the first time you’ve heard that question, and most of us have a stock answer at the ready. Mine, since you ask, is the polar bear. Of course, it’s of little importance to anybody but me which I choose, but that’s not the case for our cover star this issue, and the other species recently voted as the New Big 5 (p40). This new global initiative uses a popularity contest to raise awareness of the plight not just of the world’s top megafauna, but also that of the countless species that rely on this iconic quintet to maintain their ecosystems. Elsewhere this issue, we’re making a splash about World Oceans Day on 8th June. Having grown up in North Devon, I’ve always felt a great affinity…

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the people behind our stories

CAROLYN COWAN The writer and ecologist finds out why the British tree bumblebee boom is good news. “They pose no threat to native UK bumblebees by competing for nesting spaces or food resources,” she says. See p32 GILLIAN BURKE The Springwatch presenter shares her views on the importance of our oceans to the future of the planet. “I know I have contributed to the problem. Like so many of us, I am desperately trying to be part of the solution as well.” See p54 MAX WHITTAKER Photojournalist Max shares his experience witnessing deer fleeing California’s wildfires. “I was following firefighters when they suddenly appeared,” he says. See p80 SAMUEL WEST The actor and star of Channel 5’s All Creatures Great and Small shares his passion for dippers. “They curtsey from a rock, then throw themselves into the…

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in focus

Hammer home Thanks to the nearby Gulf Stream, the waters around South Bimini Island in the Bahamas team with all manner – and size – of sea life, and anglers come to land tuna, marlin and swordfish among other giants. The Bahamas is a shark sanctuary where you’ll find several species, including the lemon, nurse and great hammerhead shark, pictured. The largest of the hammerheads and endangered worldwide, they can grow up to 20 feet long. They feed on other sharks and frequent these waters from December to March. Sticking together Coleman’s shrimp are native to the seas around Indonesia and Australia and were first described in 1975. Here it is shown in its usual habitat: camouflaged on a fire urchin, also known as a toxic sea urchin. These striking shrimps are usually…

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1 | PINE MARTEN Here’s looking at you kit Young pine martens, or kits, are making their first forays from dens deep in tree cavities this month. Once one of our commonest mammals, second only to weasels in their abundance, pine marten populations plummeted between the 16th and 19th centuries. The semiarboreal mustelid was hit by woodland fragmentation and the popularity of their pelts (valued both for warmth and fashion), swiftly followed by their persecution as vermin. With a bounty on their heads, pine martens were pushed into pockets of the Highlands, and the uplands of Wales and northern England, and were close to extinction by the early 20th century. Thankfully their fortunes are now changing. Between 2015 and 2017, pine martens were translocated from Scotland to mid-Wales, with a reintroduction to the Forest…

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mike dilger’s wildlife watching

Deterring all but the most determined of naturalists, wet woodlands have to be some of the wildest and yet most natural of all our British woodlands. Characterised by tussocky sedges and a tall herb layer, which combine to conceal swampy pools harbouring partly submerged fallen trunks, this secretive and sometimes forbidding habitat will certainly reward those venturing off the beaten track. Scattered across the UK, wet woodland is dominated by trees able to thrive in either poorly drained or seasonally flooded soils, such as the various willows, birch and alder. This habitat can also be encountered anywhere from floodplains, fens and bogs, to hillside flushes and even peaty hollows. Rarely covering expansive areas, it more frequently forms a mosaic with other habitats, such as drier woodland. Here, the boundary between these…

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choice locations

1 Spey Bay on the Moray Firth coast has some exceptional wet woodland along the banks of the lower reaches of the Spey River, which are best accessed by walking south along the Speyside Way from the visitor centre to the viaduct. 2 Cannock Chase in Staffordshire, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, has a mosaic of woodland and heath and some fine wet woodland, particularly if you follow the route between the Punchbowl car park and the stepping stones. 3 New Forest in Hampshire holds the Lymington River, upstream of Brockenhurst, which divides into three streams: the Highland, Ober and Fletchers Waters – all have stretches of high quality wet woodland. 4 Hoveton Great Broad in Norfolk is accessible only by boat, with the swamp alder carr floating on unstable mud…